Hanging Out

This “hanging out” thing speaks of doing things with people you enjoy; usually people you want to be around a lot. It is likely that they influence you and/or you influence them. This has great potential for good or bad. As Paul cautioned the church at Corinth, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (I Corinthians 15:33) “Hanging out” with unsaved people corrupts morals, make no mistake. On the other hand, the Psalmist makes his position clear in Psalm 119:63, “I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them which keep Thy precepts.” Yes, we can be friendly and look for ways to reach out without being involved in their lifestyles and values. The quality or the lack of quality of those that we are with, consciously and/or subconsciously, impacts us. One of the greatest helps and blessings in living Godly comes from friendships with Godly people. Don’t forget that that is a “two way street.” Horatio R. Palmer, in the second stanza of “Yield Not to Temptation,” gives this sound warning, “Shun evil companions, bad language disdain, God’s name hold in rev’rence, nor take it in vain; be thoughtful and earnest, kind-hearted and true, look ever to Jesus-He’ll carry you through.” Paul, a man that once he came to know the Lord, constantly expressed his love and appreciation for Godly brothers and sisters. Those Christians must have had a powerful part in helping Paul to become the dedicated servant he was. Selah! Why would we even consider a close relationship with those who have no love for, and gratitude to, the One Who has loved us and saved us? Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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